Climate change is already having a catastrophic impact on human health, and experts believe that the issue will only get worse from here on out. According to a recent study published in The Lancet, droughts and increasing temperatures are expected to have an adverse effect on food production. In contrast, rising temperatures will let deadly diseases like malaria and cholera spread throughout the globe.
Climate Warming Has A “Code Red” Impact On Human Health
According to the study, current climate trends are “code red” for human health in the future. The yearly Lancet Countdown study monitors 44 indicators of climate change’s health effects, including its influence on infectious disease transmission and food production, and was done by experts associated with more than 40 United Nations organizations and educational institutions.
According to the findings of the research, 84 disasters would impact 51.6 million people in 2020 over the course of six months. Many of these natural catastrophes occurred in countries already coping with the coronavirus epidemic, such as flooding, drought, and storms. \
Climate-related health effects noted in the research include more droughts, which have a detrimental impact on food production; more severe natural disasters, which put a burden on healthcare systems; and rising temperatures, which promote the spread of infectious illnesses.
The research concludes that climate change had a part in the record-breaking heatwave that killed over 1,000 people in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. As a co-author of the research and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Jeremy Hess has seen first-hand the health effects of climate change.
The spread of disease is being impacted by climate change.
A rise in the number of months when malaria may be transmitted has occurred since the 1950s, and the number of locations where cholera can be transmitted has increased during that period, according to the research. Viruses like dengue and Zika have increased their “epidemic potential” across the globe.
An illustration of the potential benefits of a “green recovery” from Covid-19
Hess stated that if a “green recovery does not characterize the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic,” it may worsen an already dire situation. There is new research published just in time for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 26th Conference of Party representatives to emphasize just how vital climate action across the world, like the Paris Agreement, is to global health.
Terrorism-fighting funds allocated to the World Health Organization’s prescriptions for healthy, green recovery from Covid-19 could help the world meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, protect the natural systems that support human well-being, and reduce inequities by reducing health effects and increasing the co-benefits of a universal low-carbon transition.
The head of the American Public Health Association, who did not contribute to the research but stated that the pandemic offers a way to better prepare for climate change as a health problem on a global scale, gave a briefing on his organization’s findings.